Do you have a sticky organization? Or is it more like Teflon? Do your employees feel a sense of belonging and ownership? Do they take pride in their work? Dr. Dave Weiman simplifies what it means to have a sticky culture and some warning signs to avoid in your business. Stick around! Dr. David Weiman is the president of Weiman Consulting, a leadership consulting firm in Philadelphia PA. Listen to David’s previous episodes HERE Key Talking Points
What do we mean by "sticky"? A place beyond just where someone works- they feel connected to the place. It would be very difficult for another shop to pull them away. They value the place much more than just the salary. What are some of the elements of a sticky organization? Shared values. Trust. An "ownership" culture where people feel a proprietary interest in the shop. Compelling goals that are achievable but might be a stretch. A sense that "what we have here is special." Team members feel like you listen and respond to them. Selective about who you bring on, and the existing team members know that. Telling stories about prior events or successes that support the can-do culture. Personal connections (the leader takes a personal interest in the team members). A sense of having a future there. The camaraderie that's a mix of professional and personal. A true sense of belonging. (Can include a common "language" or inside jokes/terms that help create a culture. How would you know if your place is not "sticky"? Turnover. People don't go the extra mile. Customers are not treated well as a function of employees not caring much. Conflict and spats over seemingly small things. Lack of accountability. Low energy/enthusiasm. Mistakes- They follow what they've heard other companies do or something they read that involves a significant culture change without considering the thoughts and ideas of their team members first. Making the place about the owner instead of the team. Few avenues for getting ahead/getting promoted. Blame. Not getting involved when there's a problem. No pride in the facility itself (the shop is dirty and disorganized). How to approach creating a sticky culture. Be clear about the definition. Enlist help from the team members. Listen and respond. Take a genuine personal interest in team members. Create a "feedback" culture. Make pathways to higher-level roles very clear. Reward behavior that shows a genuine focus on customers -- can be even small things like a convenience store gift card. Clean and well-organized workplace. Be aware of your competitors and what they do to keep (or lose) employees.
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By Joe Marconi
Seats Are Filling Up for October's Fly With The Eagles Course in Indiana!
Only a Few Seats Remain for Elite's Fly With The Eagles, October 4th-6th in Indianapolis, IN!
*Mitchell 1 and JASPER clients - ask about your additional discount!*
If you can't attend all 3 days, don't worry! You have the option to reserve single-day seats as well.
The Fly With The Eagles course will give in-depth training on how to make your business more successful. Learn exactly how to:
Improve your skills in time management, leadership, and goal setting
· Fully understand your shop’s financials and key performance indicators
· Find and hire superstar service advisors and technicians
· Turn your existing employees into self-motivated superstars
· Fill your bays with the right kind of customers through new marketing programs
· Utilize your step-by-step Action Plan to ensure your ongoing success
This series is presented by Joe Marconi and Kevin Vaught, who have both experienced extraordinary success as shop owners as well, so it’s no surprise that Fly With the Eagles is heralded by many industry leaders as the most powerful shop management series available to shop owners and general managers.
Register soon, because space is becoming extremely limited!
By Joe Marconi
The word OSHA makes many shop owners cringe.
I was lucky enough years back to have my insurance agent suggest I perform a voluntary OSHA inspection. A private company did it at the time.
They found tons of violations; some we knew would be flagged, but most we did not.
Have you ever had an OSHA inspection? And what can shop owners do to protect themselves?